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Troika countries call on South Sudan government to implement ceasefire

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May 8, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese peace guarantors of the Troika countries have issued a joint statement expressing their disappointment with the continuation of fighting in the country, and called on President Salva Kiir to implement his pledged unilateral ceasefire.

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The SPLA conducting military drill in Bor, November 29, 2014 (ST)

“The members of the TROIKA (UK, U.S. and Norway) and the European Union (EU) are deeply troubled by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. These actions stand in direct conflict with the government’s stated aim of a political solution to the conflict, and severely undermine the prospect of any credible national dialogue," said the statement.

"TROIKA and EU call on President Kiir to implement his commitment to a unilateral ceasefire as conveyed to IGAD heads of state on 25 March with immediate effect,” it further stressed.

The statement echoed concerns highlighted recently by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat and Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Festus Mogae on increased violence, and strongly endorsed their call to end all military operations immediately.

The Troika pointed out that opposition attacks on civilians were disrupting lifesaving aid and commercial trade.

The Troika countries said large offensives by government troops in Yuai, Waat, Tonga and Kodok have displaced between 50,000 and 100,000 individuals in recent weeks.

"Government forces continue to target civilians in violation of the law of armed conflict," said.

The statement went on to emphasise the importance of a unilateral ceasefire, adding that military action would not bring a solution to the over three-year armed conflict.

The three countries the government must ensure that there is a meaningful ceasefire which shows a genuine commitment to peace and stability.

“Such a commitment must go beyond simply a cessation of hostilities, and include withdrawing troops, disbanding ethnic militias, helping, not hindering humanitarian assistance and releasing political detainees,” the communique added.

(ST)

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  • 8 May 2017 23:46, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    All the TROIKA Nations if you really wanted to STOP these attrocities.or within this newly born nation of South Sudan, bring in the Magnetic Aircraft that will disarmed all these rebels and government army.I believe you can do it if was for the seek of humanity, but if there’s something behind this as some of know, that is why you ’re just using the statements instead of actions

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  • 9 May 2017 01:35, by lino

    The Bishop of Juba suggested a month ago that donors should apply a policy of bringing in 1 dora sack per 1 gun taken from all armies!!!
    Very soon all weapons in the country will disappear. I know Southerners will not fight with bare hands!!!

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  • 9 May 2017 06:09, by Sunday Junup

    Troika Country or what ever you call yourselves, you failed our nation. You lured Dr.Riak to Juba in name of peace and allowed Kiir to destroy peace in July 2016. Why crying now? How do you expect him to be? Just leave him and follow your business or call for CPAII resuscitation. Period.

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  • 9 May 2017 08:50, by Kush Natives

    Troikas,
    You better stop all these nonsense, because you have been there and still there. Troikas, western countries, you act like an innocents, while you’re a deadly mathematicians of this! Unbelievable. Do Troikas think, we South Sudanese so damn into an extent? Leave alone or give us a break!

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